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pureRF 
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I'm wiring neons to a switched 12 volt source (cig lighter) and I'm putting a toggle switch to it. Do i put the switch on the pos. wire? Do i need a fuse? if so what ampage and should it be before or after the switch. Thanks
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you can put the switch on thepositive.. or the negative doesnt really matter... you could fuse it, if you are using one with a cig plug it most likely already has a fuse in it, the cig is already fused as well, you can add another if you want, fuse size depends on how big the tube is... probably somewhere between 5-20 A
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i think 5 will be fine where would i get somthing like this? radio shack?
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mobiletoys2002 
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a 5 would be fine neons dont draw much usually less than 1 amp.Again depending on size but rarely do they draw more than 5 amps or so.
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Can you run two neons off one switch? They are cheapo walmart 10" sticks.  Im wiring some, and i forgot how i did it in my other car...doh >.<

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yea...you can run two of one switch no prob. Just be sure to use the right switch i used a 5 amp switch and it blew.
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where can i get that small of an inline fuse?
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5 A is a standard size, you could go to just about any auto parts store, ot electronics store (ie radio shack)...
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its a lighted switch. heres what i have so far.

power wire from batt. to inline fuse, and that goes into the PWR part on the switch. then the grounds would be all in one spot, one from each neon wire..striped wire right?- and then from the switch, then the pos. from both on the neons go to the ACC part of the switch.

feel free to correct me, i dont wanna blow anything up.lol

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why dont you do it all from the cig lighter?
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